Nobody will defend Kevin Durant harder than his college coach, Texas’ Rick Barnes.
So one can only imagine what Barnes really thought when he heard about a screaming headline in The Oklahoman that labeled Durant as “Mr. Unreliable.”
“Well, if I believed you guys, you all tell me you don’t make the headlines,” Barnes said with a huge grin. “So there was some idiot? What role does he play? The sports editor? Is he the one who makes the headlines?
“What surprises me is that you guys can write an article but you can’t write a headline,” he added. “Maybe that goes back to y’alls education, I’m not sure.
All jokes aside, Barnes agreed there’s no question that Durant’s efforts in Oklahoma City over the years have been immeasurable.
“I think KD’s a selective reader,” Barnes said. “I promise you, those things will probably hurt or bother the people that are around him and cares about him more. He’s not focused on that right now, and he really probably doesn’t care.”
For his part, Durant just shrugged it off during a Thursday morning media session with reporters prior to Oklahoma City’s Game 6 playoff matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“I’m unreliable?,” Durant said. “I don’t read the newspaper. Me being Mr. Unreliable, that’s what they said? Well, it’s all good. I don’t really care. Coming from my paper back at home, that’s what they’re supposed to write. I didn’t come through for the team, so they’ve got to write that kind of stuff.
“I know our fans don’t feel that way,” Durant continued. “If some of them do, that’s cool. But my teammates, my organization, my family and my friends doesn’t feel that way. … It’s all about what-have-you-done for me lately, and I understand that. “
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said flat-out: “That’s B.S. in my eyes.”
The Oklahoman issued somewhat of an apology by midday Thursday stating the headline “missed the mark.”
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